Lou remembers Mishka pushing him down the stairs.
Katya tells Guy to stay away from her family.
Guy offers Rach and Bree a lift to school.
Outside the General Store / Outside Grease Monkeys
Katya comes out of the General Store and her mobile rings. It's an annoying ring, and she has a message from guy, with pics of Rach in his car. She immediately calls Guy, who is standing by the car having ice creams with the girls who are in the car. Katya demands that he leave them alone like he promised, but he doesn't remember promising her anything. Katya tells him she'll do what he wants if he lets them go, and she won't go to the cops, either.
Guy pretends Katya has asked him to pick Rach up from school, and Rachel seems thrilled. He tells Katya where to meet him – and not to be late.
Steph hands Toad some coffee, and it's not the coffee he wanted. She's in la-la land because Max walked out, and she's so angry at him…and then she remembers that she loves him, and she doesn't know how to feel. Toadie asks how Boyd is, and Steph says that he's intense, like his dad! And Janae, well, she's just thrown in her apprenticeship at the garage, and taken a job with a guy called Rex who is having a mid-life crisis. Toadie thinks Janae will end up selling cars for him wearing a bikini.
Steph hands Toadie tickets to the cocktail party, but he doesn't want to go alone, so he asks Steph. She isn't keen, and turns him down!
Mishka wants to be Cinderella at the party tonight, and she wants Lou to be her King Charming. I love her, I love her, I love her… Thank goodness for her when FloozySusie isn't around. Mishka grabs Lou's shoulders, and he jumps – clearly scared of her. She teases him about putting on weight.
MISHKA: Is good. Skinny men break like a stick. You strong, like oak.
She decides to go and find something to wear tonight; it's easy for men, they just put on suits. But women…
Lou looks all jumpy and perturbed, and Harry comments. He tells that everytime Mishka touches him he braces himself for a trip down to the basement! Harry suggests that maybe Karl can help Lou, so Lou agrees he'll give Karl a call.
The General Store
Weird split screen thing – it's like 24. Australian style. Which means it's more laid back and more like 48 ‘cos everything's slower there.
Elle is asking if Harry is going to cocktail thing this evening, and flatters him by saying that older men are needed to show the younger men how to dance properly! Harry is delighted and agrees! Boyd turns up with plates that someone left (with food on) on his doorstep – he wants to know if Harry can take them to the Salvos. Elle leaves, and Lyn approaches the counter.
Lyn tells Boyd and Harry that it was Elle who cooked – the plates are Paul's. Harry also adds that she's been showing photos of Max around, seeing if anyone's seen him – maybe they underestimated Elle. Boyd looks suspicious, and rightly so…
The Scarlet Bar
Guy tells Katya he wants $100K by the end of the week – after all, Rachel's a lovely girl… Katya demands he doesn't lay a finger on Rach, but Guy demands the money. End of.
Karl walks in, and tells Harry that mistakes occur – he made a decision with the best possible techniques, informing the patient – and DNA testing will prove it one way or the other. But – the Timminseseses aren't talking to him. (I'm not sure that's always a bad thing).
Harry defends Karl, tells him it was an error, but nothing to do with Karl's professionalism or commitment, and the Timminseseses will understand that. Hmmm – don't be too sure, Harold! Mishka and Lou emerge from their room, Mishka takes Karl's hand in hers.
MISHKA: Hello Doctor Karl. You know, I do like you. I know you going to do good for my Lou Bear. You not hurt him. Yes?
KARL: (trying to get his hand away) No, no, I'll just put him in a light hypnotic state and he can examine painful issues without stress.
MISHKA: Good. And no brainwash. No pretending like chicken.
Because that's just the sort of thing Karl would do.
Karl leads Lou over to the sofa, and we almost immediately cut to Lou already hypnotised. Man, Karl's good. He suggests looking at the positives of his love for Mishka – what has he done that made Mishka happy? MishkaMouse and Lou watch on – is that allowed?! Lou remembers the koala bear at Healesville, and Shane Warne..
LOU: That morning…
KARL: That morning?
LOU: We went back to bed and had the most incredible –
MISHKA: Better than test century.
LOU: And after that, Mishka brought me breakfast in bed. With a can of whipped cream.
KARL: Okay, okay!! Eyes open!!
I bet Karl was remembering the time that he and Susan used up all their cream in the bedroom when Lyn popped round to borrow it… I miss 2002.
Karl goes to get a cup of tea and Harry wants his strong.
Lyn tells Steph that she looks lovely in the dress she's chosen to wear to the party – Toadie talked her into going. Steph doesn't want to carry on with life when she knows that Max is out there, maybe suffering. Lyn reminds her that Max will come back, and he'll want to know that she's coping, and happy. Especially for Charlie.
Lyn tells her to go the ball and dance, and have champagne!
Karl and Harry sit on the sofa. Karl declares he'll never feel clean again. Mishka and Lou are snuggling in the kitchen
MISHKA: Come on, Lou Bear. We make science experiment in bedroom. Not you, Doctor Dirty. This experiment for privates only (exeunt).
KARL: “What are some of the things that you have done that made Mishka happy.” Huge mistake.
Cue raucous laughter from the bedroom.
KARL: I wonder if I can give myself a repressed memory.
HARRY: I'll never be able to use whipped cream again.
The Scarlet Bar
Katya's on the phone demanding cash, and Ned approaches, telling he can't wait to see her all dressed up tonight. Katya forgot – and she can't go, now; she's been asked to cover at work. Katya suggests that he asks someone from Lassiters, but he doesn't want to be there with all those posers and their cars…
Wait! Did he say ‘cars'? He did! And suddenly Katya *is* available tonight after all. Well. Whaddya know?
In another corner, Elle is demanding that PI Marlowe find Max, but he says he can't be found. Boyd overhears and demands to know what's going on.
The General Store
Rach and Bree are drinking juice and Katya comes in. She demands that next time Guy offers Rachel a lift, that she call her big sister first, and Rach tentatively agrees. Katya buzzes off like a frightened fly, and Karl comes over to the table.
Karl asks Rach if she's seen his new car, but she has no chance to respond as Bree points out that cars consume oil and are made by slave labour. Karl invites Rachel to the party tonight, but she says she's going with TrinityBree. Karl asks for a private word, and Bree leaves.
Karl knows Rachel's mad over the Who's The Father Of Sky's Baby saga (aren't we all?) but it wasn't his fault – he didn't make a mistake. Rachel stares at Karl as he walks off.
The Scarlet Bar
Elle tells Boyd she wanted to help, and she can afford it. But he wisely ain't buying it, and she apologises for sticking her nose in. Boyd knows it doesn't add up, and suggests that this sounds more like guilt than charity…
Sometime later – we know this because there's another split screen thing going on.
Toadie, Steph and Boyd arrive. Steph and Toad joke about dancing and attracting a woman for him, as Lou and Mishka arrive, having been driven by Karl in his new car – who is rather traumatised as to the shenanigans that they were up to in his back seat..
Oh, like you've never done that with Susie!
Ned and Katya arrive, and he's wearing a suit that's too small and looks ridiculous. Lou and Mish decide to keep Karl company tonight, and Toad explains to Steph the practice of People Watching at parties like this.
Shot of the moon – the same one from the Night Of The Skinny Dip, in fact.
Steph and Toadie are dancing *really* badly. This is like BikerSteph, Steph before she got all married and serious. YoungSteph. I like her, and I hope she's here to stay. Boyd watches Elle serving crudités, and Katya talks mysteriously on her phone, telling Ned she has to go home and have a lie down – she feels a bit lousy. Mishka and Lou dance together, and Karl stands all alone looking rather like a little lost gooseberry.
But luckily Rachel and Bree arrive to prove that the dead can dance, and Rachel takes up Karl's offer to be his partner for the evening.
Steph tells Toadie she's having a great night, and he's a great partner. Uh-oh. Spot the ending to this episode…
Elle approaches Boyd and demands he stop throwing her dirty looks! She apologises again for helping, but Boyd maintains she's guilty – after all, his dad was convinced she was setting him up.
Toadie calls Ned on his mobile and pretends to be the suit hire place, telling him to check the number in the trouser waist – and if he does, the hire place will send him a new suit and $100. So, in the bar, Ned pulls his trousers down, and Toadie shines a spotlight on him. Why, why, why is Ned so stupid?
Toadie and Steph leg it from the bar, past Katya who has disguised herself as a thief in a cap. Ned chases after Toadie, but instead sees someone stealing a car. He tries to catch Katya, but she does some sort of odd karate movement and throws him to the floor, before hotwiring the car. Just like that.
Ned is left on the ground as the car careens away.
If only, if *only* she'd reversed over him…
Steph and Toadie arrive home all jolly and happy and laughing, and plop onto the sofa, wine and glasses in hand. Steph tells him she's so glad he came back from Sydney, and he's a good mate to her. She tells him he's so kind to her, and he promises that everything will be okay.
She kisses him in a friendly way, but it turns into one of those little butterfly moments where the kisses just keep on coming.
Oh yeah – and Boyd walks in.